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Dr. Michael Cullinan

Assistant Professor


Phone: (512) 471-0262

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering - MIT (2011)
M.S. Mechanical Engineering - MIT (2008)
B.S. Engineering - Swarthmore (2006)
B.A. Economics - Swarthmore (2006)

Dr. Cullinan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the University of Texas, Dr. Cullinan was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Dr. Cullinan received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2011. At MIT, Dr. Cullinan worked in the Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity (LMP) as part of the Precision Compliant Systems Laboratory (PCSL) directed by Professor Martin Culpepper. Dr. Cullinan also holds an MS (2008) in Mechanical Engineering from MIT as well as a BS in Engineering and a BA in Economics from Swarthmore College.

Dr. Cullinan’s research focuses on the development of novel nanomanufacturing systems and on finding ways to exploit nanoscale physical phenomena in order to improve existing macroscale devices and to create novel micro- and nanoscale devices for energy and sensing applications. As a postdoctoral associate, Dr. Cullinan has worked on developing nanomanufacturing methods for low cost, high volume production of graphene-based nanoelectromechanical (NEMS) resonators. For his Ph.D. research, he developed precision force/displacement transducers that use carbon nanotube based piezoresistors as the sensing element. His research interests include the design and development of nanomanufacturing processes and equipment, the application of nanoscale science in engineering, the engineering of thin films, nanotubes and nanowires, the manufacturing and assembly of nanostructured materials, and the design of micro/nanoscale machine elements for mechanical sensors and energy systems.